I recently asked Mrs. Wilson, the high school librarian, about Teen Read Week™: what it is, and how Hardin Northern celebrates it.
Teen Read Week™ is a product of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) that, she says, “tries to encourage young people to use their local libraries and read for enjoyment rather than just scholastics.”
Hardin Northern encourages teen reading with a reward system.
Mrs. Wilson explained to me how during the duration of Teen Read Week™ students could earn “Caught Reading” coupons from teachers and turn them in for candy and a chance to win prizes.
These prizes included Hardin Northern spirit items, gift certificates, gift cards, and a beanbag dorm chair.
The chance to win these prizes was meant to encourage students to use free time after lessons were finished and in study halls after completion of assignments to read instead of just talking or daydreaming.
Another thing that Mrs. Wilson told me that happened during Teen Read Week™ was that former Hardin Northern English teacher Nellie Branan paid a visit to the HN Book Club on Wednesday, October 23.
Upon her visit back to Hardin Northern, Mrs. Wilson tells me that Branan talked about the importance of reading and about the book she wrote, Fritzi Finds a
When asked what she believed the kids that met Mrs. Branan got out of her visit, Mrs. Wilson, answered, “She encouraged them the evaluate their favorite books for ideas for their own writing.”
Overall, Mrs. Wilson said the week was a success. She had several coupons turned in that showed that students were reading in their spare time, and that is what Teen Read Week™ encourages students to do.